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SpaceMonsters Dec 2016 Yarn in "Reserve"

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This colourway is exclusive to current members of the SpaceMonster Mega Yarn Club. If you're are not in the club, please do not order this yarn. But do feel free to order other colourways from the SpaceCadet shop!


The Colourway:

Two beautiful options

  • Reserve (the colourway in your parcel) -- a mix of warm and cool reds, with hints of pink and a wash of blue-purple
  • Blue Note (a coordinating colourway) -- a glazed semi-solid in the same stunning blue-purple over a base of red

This time of year feels deeper and richer than any other.  Where Spring feels fresh and green, Summer soft golden yellow, and Autumn crisp and russet, this time of year is the glow of candles, the soft brush of pine needles, the steam rising from a piping-hot bowl of stew, and again and again, reds. 

So many things this time of year are beautiful deep reds that it’s hard to know which to choose.  Holiday decorations are a bright and proud red, holly berry red is warm and squeaky, cranberry sauce is red with tang, and cardinals all shades of red, with the boldest hue on their crests.

But as the nights draw in (and the stew is served up), the red I like most is generously served in a glass, left to warm and catch the air a little, poured from a bottle with a seal and a label that says “Reserve.”  I like to watch the colour change as I drink it – first deep and opaque and almost purple when the glass is full, then becoming lighter as it goes down, translucent and warm in the candlelight catches it, with hints of rust at first, fading to pink…  and then, finally, the last few drops holding their own and the colour deepening before…  gone.  Not the brightest red of the season, nor the purest, but when the nights are dark and the house is warmed with company and a good dinner, I think it’s probably the best red.

To capture the myriad reds in my glass of wine, I really worked on the layers for this colourway.  Beginning with a soft wash of pink first, I immersed it in two dyebaths to deepen the colour across the skein.  Doubling the dye this way creates a richness combined with an uneven-ness that makes the yarn much more interesting to work with.  Then I carefully added in a cooler shade to the dyebath and then a warmer hue, to capture the colour changes from opaque to candlelit.  Finally, a wash of deep purple to finish it off, and we have a colourway that really expresses everything I see that lovely glass of wine. 


Bonus Colourway! Blue Note

The companion colourway, Blue Note (a nod to the music I love to accompany a nice glass of red) is designed to contrast beautifully with Reserve’s reds and coordinate with that wash of purple . Use it as an accent, for stripes, or to create a coordinating project.


Bonus! Pawley Travel Mugs

I’m such a fan of Amanda Pawley’s beautifully pottery and, with the cold weather nipping at your nose (and fingers) each morning, what better gift than a hand-thrown travel mug for your tea or coffee (or… mmmm… hot chocolate)?  Created especially for us and displaying our happy SpaceMonster on one side, it will keep your drink handy, your fingers warm enough to knit or crochet ...and your club member credentials proudly on show!    (And don’t forget to look for Amanda’s signature paw print!)

Once our stock of the travel mugs has sold out, they will be available for custom order for two weeks.  The listing will be marked as sold out at 11.59pm (EST) on Jan 1 2017 and delivery of custom-ordered mugs is expected around the beginning of February 2017.


The Yarn:

Vega is a worsted version of our incredibly popular cabled 8-ply Lyra. The result of this special plying technique is a yarn that is plump and round, with great stitch definition, extra durability and — best of all — super sproingy!

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash merino wool; cabled 8-ply
Weight: Worsted; Each skein is approximately 3.5oz/100g, and the yarn contains approximately 215 yards per 100g


Ordering details:

  • Order as many skeins as you like, and we will get them in the dyepots for you! Because this is a custom process, please allow up to 4-6 weeks for your order to be ready.
  • This yarn will be remain available to order for a full month from the time you receive this email. The listing will be marked as sold out at 11.59pam (EST) on Jan 15 2017.
  • Once our stock of the travel mugs has sold out, they will be available for custom order for two weeks.  The listing will be marked as sold out at 11.59pm (EST) on Jan 1 2017 and delivery of custom-ordered mugs is expected around the beginning of February 2017. 
  • An important note about skein matchingAs you know, different dyelots rarely match perfectly, especially in hand-dyed yarns, and even more especially in a variegated colourway like this one. Although we will do everything in our power to replicate the yarns from first dyelot, the yarn you receive may not match perfectly. Do bear this in mind if an exact match is important to you. To minimise any visible impact when using hand-dyed yarns, we always recommend alternating skeins every couple of rows in your project. To minimise any visible impact when using hand-dyed yarns, we always recommend alternating skeins every couple of rows in your project.

At SpaceCadet®, we passionately believe that knitting and crocheting make people happier deep down inside and that nothing does that more than working with gorgeous, vibrant yarn.  For us, dyeing is a cosmic adventure -- a wonderful process of mixing each shade by hand from primaries and seeing where the colour takes us.  The result is yarn that is as exciting for you as it is for us.  Come with us and explore the farthest reaches of SpaceCadet® colour!